Wellness + Nutrition | 5 best protein bars on the shelves

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Protein bars are convenient and portable, an easy option for a quick snack or even meal. There’s been an explosion of new varieties hitting the shelves, but not all of them are as nutritious as they seem.

Here’s a rundown of Molly’s top five picks — all are good sources of protein with zero or little added sugar and no artificial sweeteners or colors.


  • Protein: 20 grams of protein equals 3 ounces of lean meat; 7 grams is approximately one protein egg
  • Sugar: Look for bars that are as close to zero added sugar as possible and contain more protein than sugar.
  • Artificial sweeteners: Avoid artificial sweeteners like sucralose and acesulfame potassium
  • Fiber: Generally less important, as many are “isolated” fibers without all the benefits of true, whole-food fibers

CanDo Keto Krisp Bar |GF; Dairy-free options available

  • 190 calories, 16 grams carbs (4 grams net carbs), 9 grams fiber, 2 grams sugar (0 added sugar), 11 grams protein
  • Made with almonds, chicory root fiber, soy protein, almond protein, sweetened with erythritol and/or stevia

Love Good Fats Bar | GF, soy free, no sugar alcohols

  • 190 calories, 14 grams carbs (5 grams net carbs), 9 grams fiber, 2 grams sugar (2 grams added sugar), 7 grams protein
  • Made with a blend of fats (almond butter, palm and coconut oil), whole grain brown rice protein, semi-sweet chocolate chips, soluble corn fiber, chicory root fiber.

NuGo Slim Bar | GF; Vegan options available

  • 180 calories, 17 grams carbs (9 grams net carbs), 6 grams fiber, 3 grams sugar (3 grams added sugar), 16 grams protein
  • Made with a protein blend (soy and rice protein), dark chocolate, inulin (vegetable fiber), sweetened with a small amount of cane sugar

Bulletproof Collagen Protein Bar | GF, dairy free

  • 190 calories, 12 grams carbs (4 grams net carbs), 8 grams fiber, 2 grams sugar (0 added sugar), 11 grams protein
  • Made with cashew butter, hydrolyzed collagen, inulin, MCT oil powder, sweetened with stevia

No cow bar [dipped or regular] | GF, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Vegan

  • 200 calories, 25 grams carbs (4 grams net carbs), 15 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar (0 added sugar), 21 grams protein
  • Made with a vegan protein blend (brown rice, pea protein), soluble corn fiber, sweetened with erythritol, stevia, monk fruit.


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Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD is a New Orleans registered dietitian and nutrition journalist and founder of the nonprofit Ochsner Eat Fit restaurant initiative. Tune into his podcast, FUEL | Wellness + Nutrition and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @MollyKimballRD. See more Molly articles + TV segments on www.mollykimball.comand sign up for the weekly Eat Fit Wellness Bites newsletter, here.

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